Mr. Driller on the PS1 may look cute, but his quest to the bottom is treacherous. As he digs below the surface, he must be mindful of his depleting air supply and falling blocks that can flatten our hero like a pancake. How low can you go?
Playing old video games in modern times is a weird experience. On one hand, we’ve been able to play older games on newer hardware for quite some time. However, I’ve always preferred the experience of playing games with original controllers on original hardware.
Going the other way, collecting and playing retro games in their original form is such a pain and only getting harder. Classic consoles are oftentimes difficult to hook up to modern TVs and the picture is often compromised. Worse yet, the prices for original copies has soared due to scarcity and demand.
When done right, the modern wave of retro mini consoles is proving to be a solid compromise between the two.
Classic? Hardly. Panned by critics and gamers for falling well short of their expectations, the PlayStation Classic has failed to find an audience. Even after the price drops and promotions, these mini consoles continue to collect dust on store shelves.
But is the PlayStation Classic truly worth dodging at all costs? Once I saw the console on sale at 75% off its original retail price, I decided to buy one. Figured at that price, it’s at least a functional mini console with a few all-time greats, such as Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid. With greatly-reduced expectations and purchased at a price that won’t break the bank, I skim what it has to offer to see if the unit has any merit.
It’s safe to say that the PlayStation Classic was a bust. Panned by critics and gamers for its questionable game selection, use of the original PlayStation controllers over the Dualshock, sub-par emulation, and the mixing of NTSC and PAL versions of games, the console has already seen at least one dramatic price cut.
Closer to home, Best Buy Canada slashed over 75% off the original retail price, bringing it down to a measly $29.99. Converted to USD, that’s just $22.41! At a price that low, I couldn’t resist.
Jason from downstab.com and my brother Randy @playertwostart on Twitch join me for our quasi-regular Overwatch session! We have our hot and cold streaks, speculate on The Game Awards reveals, and a Y.O.L.O. Dragon saves the day! Also, we joined the hottest trend by playing ASMR Overwatch!
If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, check out a few of the highlights!
This December, Sony will make its debut in the mini console space with the PlayStation Classic. Packing 2 controllers and 20 games, I expect this console to sell incredibly well. But will I be picking one up? I don’t know.